Jets getting a style of the Aaron Rodgers Show earlier than he even commits
AFC East Reporter
Only Aaron Rodgers.
The Green Bay Packers quarterback is doing what he all the time does. Rodgers has all the time performed issues his means. And he is not stopping now within the ultimate years of his NFL profession.
So because the Packers seemingly push him out the door in Green Bay (with group CEO Mark Murphy saying Rodgers will solely return “if things don’t work out the way we want”), the New York Jets have performed every part they’ll to make Rodgers really feel welcome.
The group’s high executives flew to see Rodgers and make their pitch. They started placing collectively a commerce package deal within the occasion Rodgers permitted the commerce. And then New York sat on its fingers and dedicated to Rodgers. So whereas the Jets watch for Rodgers to make up his thoughts, the remainder of the NFL has flurried via transactions.
The quarterback carousel has continued to spin. Derek Carr is a Saint. Jimmy Garoppolo will probably be a Raider. Geno Smith is a Seahawk. Daniel Jones is a Giant. Even Sam Freaking Darnold has a group: the 49ers.
But Rodgers? Technically, he is a Packer. He’s in limbo. And he is holding the Jets there, too.
Just about everybody thought Rodgers would have decided by now. After all, he took time to assume in his darkness retreat. He spoke to the Jets per week in the past. And he has 60 million causes to maintain enjoying in 2023. I assumed he would make his choice previous to midday ET on Monday. That’s when the free company interval primarily opened. The Jets might have made their personnel choices round Rodgers. But New York has been unable to make a lot in the way in which of selections, as a result of — in fact — Rodgers has but to announce his.
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He’s holding them frozen in the meanwhile within the NFL season when groups change probably the most: the opening days of free company. It’s merely unreasonable. At any second, Rodgers might determine to retire. He might coax one other group into the hunt to accumulate him. Rodgers might determine, merely, to not go to New York. And the Jets would discover themselves with Zach Wilson as their solely quarterback now that Mike White has left for the Dolphins. So Rodgers has all the ability. And he is exerting it over the Jets.
Rodgers is aware of he is a useful entity within the NFL. So he flexes his will upon his group. But on this case, he can now not flex on the Packers. He’s as a substitute working the Jets — who aren’t even his group.
Rodgers has not formally dedicated to New York. But he has given them a to-do checklist, per ESPN’s Dianna Russini. He desires them to signal receivers Odell Beckham Jr., Allen Lazard and Randall Cobb and tight finish Marcedes Lewis. That’s a large ask.
The salary-cap burden could be huge, given Rodgers’ already-cumbersome contract. It’s additionally not notably logical so as to add 4 pass-catchers to a roster that already contains Garrett Wilson, Elijah Moore, Corey Davis, Tyler Conklin and C.J. Uzomah — a gaggle of gamers (albeit flawed) who price the Jets an enormous chunk of change and draft capital to assemble.
But what else is New York to do at this level?
The Jets determined to decide to Circus Ring Leader Aaron Rodgers. And whereas we could not guess what he would do, we might count on the surprising.
The Jets are getting a heaping serving of Rodgers’ drugs earlier than even including him to the group. And it is not like it’s best to pity New York. Again, the group ought to have recognized what it signed up for. Plus, the Jets aren’t in a really horrible spot. Not but, at the least.
If the Rodgers state of affairs falls aside, the Jets can nonetheless pursue Lamar Jackson, who could be an impressive comfort prize — however a expensive one. New York must supply a contract to Jackson, at the moment on the non-exclusive franchise tag, that the Ravens wouldn’t match. The Jets would additionally must ship the Ravens two first-round picks.
So what deal can New York supply that Baltimore will not? Probably one thing within the vary of 4 years and $200 million — with all of it assured. It’s a large long-term dedication, totally different than the Rodgers state of affairs, which might require a bigger annual sum of money however for just one or two years. Then there are the differing quarterback types — Jackson is dual-threat QB whereas Rodgers is a pocket quarterback.
Jackson’s arrival would dictate a schematic change in performs for New York. So it is not a straightforward choice. But it is perhaps the Jets’ solely choice if Rodgers flakes out. And you actually can’t rule that out.
Right now, the Jets are doing what they’ll to appease the Packers quarterback. They’re all-in on Rodgers, partly as a result of they’re afraid of what he would possibly do subsequent. It’s not that totally different from what he did to Green Bay for therefore a few years.
So, New York, welcome to the Aaron Rodgers Show. It technically hasn’t even began.
Are you glad you paid for the ticket?
Prior to becoming a member of FOX Sports because the AFC East reporter, Henry McKenna spent seven years protecting the Patriots for USA TODAY Sports Media Group and Boston Globe Media. Follow him on Twitter at @McKennAnalysis.
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